Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Sunday, 27 October 2013

From naked teddy...

Undressed teddy

to dressed teddy.  

Dressed teddy

DD got her sewing machine out and with the help of this tutorial and me, teddy was dressed.  Took a bit longer than I expected, but as I can't think of what to sew/finish I can't complain!  I think most of the things I want to do are complicated for me so I'm employing avoidance tactics!

My only finish of the week was this mug rug.

Mug rug

My swap ATC's are waiting to be backed, but the timtex is still in the post and having seen ATC's with timtex I'm prepared to wait. I have started an under the sea themed one, still early days, I'll share later.

This is an early post so there may be more, if not today then during the week, as it is holiday time!!

Got to go sew!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Happy day!!

Oh my!

Sometimes the nicest things happen.  It's been a long week and today was no exception.  As DD told me she lost one sock at school I kept thinking it would be nice to have some happy post to come home to.

Imagine my surprise when I saw this...

ATC 2 envelope

I couldn't remember ordering anything from Singapore, but it wouldn't be the first time I had ordered something I forgot about. Even better than a fabric delivery was the arrival of my ATC from the Very Berry Handmade swap!  Happy day!!

ATC2 swap

I also received some jasmine tea and a lovely note from Angela at Pretty Little Things in a Box.  There are lots of elements to the ATC and it is currently taking centre stage in the lounge so I can study them all.  



Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Do you Moo?

Hi,
how are things?  I'm ignoring the things I'm not enjoying and focusing on the fun!

So while I was at the LMQG meeting chatting I spotted some rather fetching Moo mini business cards.  There has been much indecision about this step.  The business cards will be useful, but it implies there is a business to run.  

Bullets have been bitten and I've set up an empty shop.  So empty that I'm not even going to share the link yet. It has allowed me to order the business cards though and they are rather nice :-)

I'm sharing a link to refer a friend for a 10% off your first order, I get £4.50 Moo cash. Their business cards are rather nice and not too expensive considering you can upload 100 images for 100 cards!


Moving on.  There were some finishes at the weekend.  


Pink and Green quilt



This was just the binding to do.  It's one of the fastest start to finish quilts I've done and I used mitred borders.  


Pink and green quilt


So easy! I followed this tute and used less fabric in the mitring process.  I like it.


The needle books have their beads on and I am waiting for the business cards to put into them so they can be posted.


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Everything else got to a hand stitch place and then life got in the way.

Hope your week is going well and maybe we can catch up at the weekend. 


Sunday, 13 October 2013

It's been a funny weekend

I was sent home from work on Friday.  I think I looked a bit too grey and the fact that I was planning what to do when I was sick was enough for everyone to not want me there!

After a lot of sitting and self nursing there was some sewing on Saturday afternoon.  I finished the needle books for the swap and after a quick photo op and wrapping they are to be sent off.

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Then there was the wedding reception; great fun and a bit of dancing!

Late to bed, early up to my first meeting at the London Modern Quilt Guild.  For some reason I got the time wrong, but I found the pub and joined in.  It was quite comforting to see faces I knew from Fat Quarterly Retreat '13.

There were less people than I expected but I guess the bad weather and Knit and Stitch show will have impacted.  It was still fun; to see others show and tell and discuss new books, magazines, tools and fabric lines.  In my 'face to face' life there are very few people that I know that are interested in fabric and crafts so it was a definite welcome change.  I'm hoping that I can now say I'm a member of the London Modern Quilt Guild!

Sunday, 6 October 2013

I made it through the wilderness...

So things are not quite back to regular yet and I've been arguing with a cold this week.  Not much of a fight needed as I managed to work all week.  So I decided to plan in some sewing over the weekend just to even things out.

Hoorah! I'm managed my bee blocks for this month already.  The mushrooms are from here and I'm hoping that the improv'd filler block is ok.  
FQR Bee blocks
Now just have to remember to post them!

Then there was a bit of binding, didn't get done; an ATC, can't decide which design to do and if I need more fabric (no I don't but when did that ever stop me) and a needle book which I need to finish start very soon but like the ATC, can't decide on the design and then I have to pick fabric.  I see evening sewing in my near future...

With all that indecision I made a mug rug instead.  

Mug rug

It's ok, there were some moments with the inner corners but I found a solution.

I also washed a finished quilt.  
Just wing it quilt
Need to work on my photographic staging!
Something that would have happened weeks ago if the colour catchers had been bought!!  I like it with the soft crinkle.  I started this so long ago and now it's finished I can see all the things that hopefully I have improved on since I started it!

Anyway, with yet more significant changes happening tomorrow, here is hoping that the week is full of fun for you and me!

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Well, how was your week?

Hi, I've been back at work for about 4 weeks now and this week I'm feeling a bit discombobulated.  Normally by now everything has settled, but so far no.  As usual I have also spread myself too thinly and am feeling it.  I think the two things aren't helping; I do feel for my family.

But moving on from that, I have actually managed to get things finished!!

There was Moira's block...
Block for Moira

A needle book for a swap...
LMGQ needle book swap 1

And a start on the first of my ATC's for 'Very Berry Handmade' Ali's swap...
ATC2`
I like to leave the final reveal for my swap partner!

So maybe not all bad.  Hope your week went well and enjoy the weekend.

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts.